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From the food editor: Recipe for quesadillas, and other uses for tortillas inspired by the Whopperito

Give the tortilla a new spin with Summer Squash Quesadilla.

MICHELLE STARK | Times

Give the tortilla a new spin with Summer Squash Quesadilla.

Another day, another fast-food mashup. This time it's the Whopperito, a new Burger King concoction our intrepid food critic Laura Reiley reported on last week.

"They tested the waters with the Whopper Dog, its 'flame-grilled' beef, melted cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, ketchup, pickles, and onions in an elongated form. (Reenactment of pitch meeting: 'Imagine the Whopper, but it's … wait for it … not round.') And now Burger King is rolling its 'have it your way' message — body-in-rug style — in a flour tortilla," she wrote.

That's right, the idea is to take Burger King's classic sandwich the Whopper and stuff it into a tortilla. The product is only being officially tested in the Pennsylvania market at this point, but the idea for the Whopperito has been around for a couple of years, with fast-food fans combining their hauls at BK and Taco Bell.

To be honest, this sounds like one of the least appalling Frankensteined fast foods. Think about it: A Whopper's innards are very similar to the innards of a standard burrito. Beef? Lettuce? Tomato? Sounds just fine wrapped in a flour tortilla.

Actually, it's almost boring. There are far more inventive uses for a tortilla, including the squash quesadilla recipe below. And in the spirit of mashups like the Whopperito, we came up with three off-the-wall (but appetizing) creations:

Peanut Butter and Jelly Quesadilla: Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on a flour tortilla, then top with an even thinner layer of jelly, either grape or strawberry. Sprinkle some slivered almonds on top, then place the whole thing carefully into a skillet and cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Top with another flour tortilla, press down slightly, then flip and cook for another 5 minutes. Drizzle with honey and cinnamon and serve.

Pizza Burrito: Homemade Hot Pockets, anyone? To make, spread a layer of marinara sauce on a flour tortilla (use a large one, not the 6-inch ones), then top it with mozzarella cheese, diced onions, diced green pepper and slices of pepperoni. Place in a skillet, cook for 2 minutes over medium heat until cheese starts to melt, then remove from heat and let cool for a minute or so. Roll tortilla into a burrito. (You can microwave it at this point for 30 seconds if cheese isn't melted enough.) Sprinkle with fresh Parmesan cheese and serve.

Shepherd's Pie Quesadilla: Spread a thin layer of mashed potatoes on a corn or flour tortilla. Top with cooked ground beef, cooked peas and cheddar cheese. Place in a skillet, cook for 2 minutes over medium heat, then top with second tortilla. Flip and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Contact Michelle Stark at mstark@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8829. Follow @mstark17.

From the food editor: Recipe for quesadillas, and other uses for tortillas inspired by the Whopperito 06/13/16 [Last modified: Monday, June 13, 2016 10:47am]
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